10 Best Country Christmas Albums of 2014

From Sara Evans and Darius Rucker's carols to the twinkling fare of an Americana compilation, here are the year's top records for getting into the holiday spirit

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Various Artists, 'An Americana Christmas'

With a mix of 16 new and previously released recordings, this edgier holiday collection is just right for the beard-growing, fedora-wearing hipster on your list. Or for the grumpy oldster who thinks that today's radio country is born of the Grinch. Either way — with standouts like Nikki Lane's sultry "FaLaLaLaLove Ya," Ronnie Fauss's jailhouse lament "Everybody Deserves a Merry Christmas" and the Band's sublime "Christmas Must Be Tonight" — it's a winner.

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